Research-for-Cure Academy

Ntheno Vinkie Nchabeleng

Nationality: South Africa
Institution: Nelson Mandela University
Country of work: South Africa

What is your motivation for engaging in HIV cure and remission research?

As a key stakeholder in the pursuit of an HIV cure, I believe it is imperative to tackle the HIV and AIDS epidemic from a multi-disciplinary approach. I am of the view that in order for us to eradicate impacts of HIV and AIDS, we require critical social, behavioural, clinical and economic research to holistically address the determinants of HIV and AIDS. All these efforts are key to achieving an AIDS-FREE Generation.

What is your current area of research?

I would describe the scope of my current work as multidisciplinary HIV and AIDS research. The area of research I am involved in goes beyond behavioural and biomedical interventions and it addresses HIV and AIDS problems at their source, that is at the social and population level. I am currently working on HIV and AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) communication and prevention strategies for marginalised groups including adolescent girls, young women and men who have sex with men (MSM) in resource limited settings in Eastern Cape, South Africa.